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Last year, around this time, friends and acquaintances offered me all sorts of religiously neutral salutations: Seasons Greetings! Happy Holidays! Joyeuses fêtes! Meilleurs vœux! Only two people wished me Merry Christmas.

One was Muslim, the other was Jewish.

They meant well. After all, isn’t that the culturally correct greeting? In theory, yes. In practice, most Christians feel uncomfortable affirming their identity. And this self-abnegation gets worse the closer you are to the cultural core of Anglo-America. Immigrants of Christian background enjoy being wished Merry Christmas. Black people likewise. Catholics seem to split half and half, depending on how traditional or nominal they are.

But the WASPs. Oh, the WASPs! With them, those two words are a faux pas. The response is usually polite but firm: “And a very happy holiday season to you!”

Things weren’t always that way. The situation calls to mind a Star Trek episode where Capt. Kirk persuades an alien robot to destroy itself. “That which excludes is evil. If you affirm your identity, you are excluding those who don’t share your identity. You are therefore evil.”

I could question this logic. What about other cultural groups? Why single out just one? But I’ve heard the answer already. WASPs and their culture dominate North America. The path to power, or simply a better life, runs through their institutions. Minorities can affirm their own identities without restricting the life choices of others, but the same does not hold true for WASPs. Their identity affects everyone and must belong to everyone.

I’m still not convinced. Yes, WASPs did create the institutions of Anglo-America, but their influence in them is now nominal at best. The U.S. Supreme Court used to be a very WASPy place. Now, there’s not a single White Protestant on it. That’s a huge underrepresentation for a group that is still close to 40% of the population. We see the same thing at the Ivy League universities, which originally trained Protestant clergy for the English colonists. Today, how many of their students have a Christian European background of any sort? The proportions are estimated to be 20% at Harvard, 22% at Yale, and 15% at Columbia (Unz, 2012).

Sometimes reality is not what is commonly believed. WASPs are not at all privileged. In fact, they have been largely pushed aside in a country that was once theirs.

Whenever this ethnic displacement comes up for discussion (it usually doesn’t), it gets put down to meritocracy. In the past, WASPs were the best people for the job of running the country. Now it’s a mix of Jews, Asians, and other high-performing groups. A cynic might ask whether merit is the only factor … and whether the U.S. is better run today than it was a half-century ago. Indeed, the latest Supreme Court appointee had little experience as a solicitor general and a scanty record of academic scholarship.

Merit isn’t the whole story. There is also networking. In most parts of the world, an individual gets ahead in life by forming bonds of reciprocal assistance with family and kinfolk. “You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours.” That’s how most of the world works.

But not all of the world. Northwest Europeans have diverged the most from this pattern, at least since the 12th century (Macfarlane, 1978a – 2012). Their kinship ties have been weaker and their sense of individualism correspondingly stronger. As a result, their cultural evolution has to a large degree been emancipated from the restraints of kinship, and this emancipation has facilitated other ways of organizing social relations: the nation-state, ideology, the market economy … not to mention the strange idea of personal advancement through personal merit alone. This model of society has succeeded economically, militarily, and geopolitically, but it’s vulnerable to people who don’t play by the rules, since the threat of kin retaliation is insufficient to keep them in line. Societal survival is possible only to the extent that rule-breakers are ostracized and immigration restricted from cultures that play by other rules.

This brings us to the dark side of traditional WASP culture: the busybodiness, the judgmentalism, the distrust of foreigners no matter how nice or refined they may seem. That mentality still exists, but it has been turned against itself. The people to be excluded are now those who exclude. The cultural programming for survival has been turned into a self-destruct mechanism … as in that Star Trek episode.

Even if we could somehow abort this self-destruct sequence, it’s hard to see how WASPs can survive on the current playing field. WASPs believe in getting ahead through rugged individualism. Most of the other groups believe in using family and ethnic connections. Guess who wins.

Anyway, I wish all of you a merry end of 2014! Far be it for me to exclude anyone from the merriment.

References

Unz, R. (2012). The myth of American meritocracy, The American Conservative, November 28
http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-myth-of-american-meritocracy/

Macfarlane, A. (2012). The invention of the modern world. Chapter 8: Family, friendship and population, The Fortnightly Review, Spring-Summer serial
http://fortnightlyreview.co.uk/2012/07/invention-8/

Macfarlane, A. (1992). On individualism, Proceedings of the British Academy, 82, 171-199.
http://www.alanmacfarlane.com/TEXTS/On_Individualism.pdf

Macfarlane, A. (1978a). The origins of English individualism: Some surprises, Theory and society: renewal and critique in social theory,6, 255-277.
http://www.alanmacfarlane.com/TEXTS/Origins_HI.pdf

Macfarlane, A. (1978b). The Origins of English Individualism: The Family, Property and Social Transition, Oxford: Blackwell.

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  1. shmiggen says:

    yes, we whites are suicidal, but the world will never see the likes of us again…and they’ll miss us.

  2. Larry says:

    JESUS NEVER EXISTED
    CONSTANTINE SIGNED THE DEATH WARRANT OF THE WHITE RACE WHEN HE IMPOSED THIS AFRICAN CULT ON EUROPE.

    First of all Jesus never existed. December 25 is the day the Sun is reborn every year, as it rises from the death of winter, as Dec. 22 is the shortest day, and 3 days later, the days start getting longer.

    Jesus is a fabrication based on the ancient Persian myth of Mithra.

    The name Jesus means Jew-sus—Jew, any Jew.

    See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christ_myth_theory

    See http://www.Jesusneverexisted.com for a list of references.

    Over 100 books have been written exposing the Jesus myth.

    But if you still believe Jesus is Lord, look at his face. Scientists have reconstructed it.

    http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/health/forensics/1282186

    Whites should not be worshiping a mythical Negro.

  3. Jason says:

    THE P IN THE WASP IS THE PROBLEM.

    I understand that white anglo saxons are becoming a minority, but it their fault. They do not have children and keep voting for blacks like Obama and Judaists.

    But the P is the problem.

    That is because Jesus did not exist.

    The 100+ books on the Jesus myth keep growing.

    Here is one more nail in the coffin (or the cross) of the Jesus myth:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2776194/Jesus-never-existed-Writer-finds-no-mention-Christ-126-historical-texts-says-mythical-character.html

    Here is one famous quote about Christianity:

    “This eternal accusation against Christianity I shall write upon all walls, wherever walls are to be found–I have letters that even the blind will be able to see. . . . I call Christianity the one great curse, the one great intrinsic depravity, the one great instinct of revenge, for which no means are venomous enough, or secret, subterranean and small enough,–I call it the one immortal blemish upon the human race…” ― Friedrich Nietzsche, The Anti Christ

    That is why whites must return to the religions of their ancestors, such as deism, or Odinism, etc. These middle-eastern african myths of Jesus (and Moses, i.e. Judaism) are the biggest curses on the white race and responsible for most its death and destruction.

  4. JayMan says: • Website

    But the WASPs. Oh, the WASPs! With them, those two words are a faux pas. The response is usually polite but firm: “And a very happy holiday season to you!”

    I’m still not convinced. Yes, WASPs did create the institutions of Anglo-America, but their influence in them is now nominal at best. The U.S. Supreme Court used to be a very WASPy place. Now, there’s not a single White Protestant on it. That’s a huge underrepresentation for a group that is still close to 40% of the population. We see the same thing at the Ivy League universities, which originally trained Protestant clergy for the English colonists. Today, how many of their students have a Christian European background of any sort? The proportions are estimated to be 20% at Harvard, 22% at Yale, and 15% at Columbia (Unz, 2012).

    Well, I’d argue that not all WASPs are created equal:

    American Nations Series | JayMan’s Blog

    Indeed, some of them, particularly the ones in the red areas of the map are the vehement fighters for saying “Merry Christmas.”

    In fact, in those red areas, WASPs are still the overwhelming ethnic majority. No so in other places, especially the various blue areas (especially Yankeedom).

    Loss of numerical majority in the nation’s most powerful region may have something to do with all the effects you describe.

    As for the battle between NW Euro humanitarians and the ethnocentrism of everyone else, see this interesting paper:

    The Evolutionary Dominance of Ethnocentric Cooperation

    Rather eerie, considering present situation, no?

  5. TheJester says:

    I support Peter Frost’s observation that WASPs are being left behind in multicultural America, and it is going to get much worse. It is not just about raw numbers. It is about wealth and control over national institutions.

    WASPs once populated an expansive, rural, and wealthy country. Their descendants still live in those rural towns and villages. The new immigrants flock to the cities and urban clusters where there is wealth, technology, and political power. The future is in the cities and urban clusters. The rural villages and towns are increasingly economic and cultural disaster zones.

    My wife and I take day trips into the countryside. We collectively call it “Shacksville” due to the substandard housing. It is not only the housing. A preponderance of the cars are also old and weathered. It is noticeable … it is sad … and it is a national phenomenon. In another generation, we’ll discover that it is the WASPs in rural America that constitute an increasingly poverty -stricken and politically powerless minority.

    • Replies: @rod1963
  6. In 1900 roughly half of all Americans had blue eye. Today, only one out of six.

    Relatively speaking, having blond hair and blue eyes is extremely rare. The great majority of the world’s people have black hair and brown eyes. WASPs have always been a small minority and they have always suffered persecution because of that. Being the oppressed minority has forced them to become more creative in their use of their environment simply to survive. Their success in this is labeled “exploitation” and “expropriation” by their angry, perplexed enemies who will not rest until this stranger, this outlier, is hounded from the face of the planet.

  7. George says:

    Too much WASP talk. WASP is an invented term to describe the mass assimilation that occurred after WWI and was concrete by WWII. Was George Washington a WASP? If so someone should have told him. An example of WASP assimilation is General Eisenhower whose Mennonite German and Jehovah’s Witness background does not qualify him as a WASP, but who cares, he was willing to go along to get along, so why bring it up. Barack Hussein Obama probably has better WASP credentials than Ike.

  8. Hipster says:

    I’m an atheist with Jewish and Christian roots

    I say Merry Christmas

  9. rod1963 says:
    @TheJester

    Brownskins flock to cities because most are by nature urban dwellers and want to get on the dole and free housing that comes with being a brown skin in the U.S. They know the Democrats will take care of them as long as they vote Democratic and the economy doesn’t blow up.

    Look they wouldn’t even be here let alone thrive except for two reasons. The 1965 Immigration act and the Great Society programs that provide near unlimited free resources for life to so-called minorities at the expense of whites.

    Now we have upwards of 5 generations that have never known work or want and they are as dumb as rocks and violent as pissed off rattlers. The Hispanics that are pouring in will remain Hispanics and will never even have to learn English or be literate in their own language for that matter. Uncle Sam will coddle them until the day they die.

    Those shackvilles as you call them are a direct result of the government and businesses punishing white people for being productive. Business and government rewarded them by off-shoring industry and importing foreign workers to replace them over the last 20 years.

    And declining white population. Well if you work and are white, having kids is hard. Whereas if you are a minority, it’s easy. You get money and free food from the government for every bambino you pump out. Plus free medical and education for the little urchin.

    The U.S. is great if you’re a minority or white and part of the professional class.

  10. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Peter,

    I’ve heard that Canada remained more WASP for much longer than the US did. Of course Canada today has instituted multiculturalism and has high immigration, but I’ve heard that WASP demographic and elite dominance persisted in Canada much longer than in the US because Canada had relatively less immigration until recently, non-WASP culture and identity was confined to a separate province in Quebec, many European Catholic immigrants such as the Irish and Italians immigrated to Montreal and Quebec instead, etc. Though I’ve also heard that there was significant Ukrainian immigration to the Canadian prairie, presumably this was relatively removed from the heartland of English Canada in Ontario.

    Toronto today of course is a “multicultural” city, but you hear it described as late as the 70s as being a “stuffy WASP” town or bastion, described pejoratively as “stuffy” by non-WASP, white ethnic writers in the US. By that time, major American cities had not been WASP dominated for decades. I believe Boston no longer had a WASP majority as early as the 1870s.

    Is this impression accurate in your estimation?

    • Replies: @Cagey Beast
  11. @Anonymous

    I’m not Peter but I am Canadian so I’ll give a try to answering your question.

    Firstly, “WASP” is really an American term best suited for describing the haute bourgeoisie centred in the US Northeast but with cultural colonies as distant as Hawaii and San Francisco. WASP-ness, to me, is too closely tied to Americanism, liberalism, republicanism and Nonconformist Protestantism to be used to describe English-speaking Canadians. For example, Toronto before multiculturalism wasn’t a WASP city, it was an Orange city, a British city, a city of Scotsmen and militantly Orange Irish Protestants. It was also the second city after Montreal, where the English-English would have been fourth in influence after the French, Scots and Irish.

    … non-WASP culture and identity was confined to a separate province in Quebec, many European Catholic immigrants such as the Irish and Italians immigrated to Montreal and Quebec instead, etc.

    It’s odd in Canadian terms to lump the Irish and Italians together simply because there’s about a 200yr gap between when the Irish starting making a mark on Canada and when the Italians did. The Irish were active and making decisions in Quebec in the 1770s while the Italians would have to wait for Bruno Gerussi to appear on The Beachcombers in the 1970s. Even then he played a Greek.

    All that being said, English-speaking Canada’s educated class is now so completely in the Rockefeller Foundation, London School of Economics, New York Times, Harvard basket that you might as well just call them WASPs. They belong to that same bunch of Atlanticist, post-Judeo-Christian human tofu that govern everywhere else in the Anglosphere and who pray facing Harvard, for all the good it does.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  12. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Cagey Beast

    I’m using “WASP” in the ethnic sense, not simply to mean “haute bourgeoisie” as some people use it.

    Most WASPs historically were middle class, rather than upper middle or upper class. There were lower class rural WASPs who were referred to as “swamp Yankees”:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swamp_Yankees

    Richard Nixon was a middle class WASP of Quaker background and had Scottish and Scotch-Irish ancestry. He grew up relatively poor in a farming family in southern California.

    • Replies: @Cagey Beast
  13. Wally says: • Website

    Give me a break with the feigned ignorance of the proverbial gorilla in the room.

    Just admit it, the attack on WASPs and other white gentiles is driven by Jews and their Jewish supremacist dominated media and ‘academia’. By targeting WASPs and other gentile whites, thereby designating them as the go-to scapegoats, Jews have managed to suck in blacks, browns, & some yellows to run interference, to shill for the interests of Jews.

    Jews generally do not like the competition that WASPs and other gentile whites provide.
    I suggest a look at Kevin MacDonald’s work: http://www.kevinmacdonald.net/books.htm

    The Jew’s general insistence on massive non-WASP, non-white immigration into the US & Europe while vigorously resisting any non-Jew immigration into their apartheid Israel gives away the game.

    An enormous factor here is the ‘holocaust’ narrative. While by far the most easily debunked storyline ever contrived, when anyone mans-up and actually digs in, it still works as blunt instrument in discouraging WASPs and other white gentiles from retaining a sense of ethnic cohesion. That is one of it’s intended purposes, of course. You know the absurd line, ‘whites must have diversity to prevent another holocaust’. Not to mention the massive finances garnered by Jews through the scam, or the social deference to Jews, or the political power to Jews, and the creation of “that shitty little country” & the massive freebies it receives.

    Then we have the canard of a ‘rape epidemic by WASPs and other whites’, when in fact the statistics make it clear that it’s blacks who do the real raping, by far. Take note who the ‘reporters’ of these stories are, their backgrounds. Which publications promote and publish this lie, who are they and what are their backgrounds. Same story.

    Who runs the Federal Reserve?
    Who runs Wall Street?
    Who owns the US Congress
    Who owns the White House?
    Who markets the dumb & impossible ’6M & gas chambers’
    Who runs the media / entertainment?
    Who dominates ‘academia’?
    Why is AIPAC the most powerful, dominant lobby, which regularly writes the text of Congressional bills and resolutions.
    Who is it that wants to censor free speech via the “hate speech” canard.
    Who is it the demands the US shed the blood of US troops for their interests?
    Who are the biggest racists on the planet?

  14. AG says:

    “Guess who wins.”

    You can not predict that. Neither do I.

    No preformed ideology can produce predictable result either.

    But one thing is certain. The best alleles and best combination for the specific environment will win like a poker game. A poker game is most result of luck, not much strategy. This poker game of nature has been played for long time. It will continue to play the same way in the future.

    However, best alleles and combination is also relative to the particular environment. In ice age, best cards and combination is neanderthal. In today environment, it happened to be homo sapiens. In future, the best alleles and combination will be different. Try to save dated cards from neanderthal for today’s world is fighting against time, no matter how wonderful they were in your view. Besides, homo erectus might not extincted at all. They just evolved into homo sapiens through this continuous poker games which are constantly picking d up new cards and shedding bad cards.

    My own speculation is the group or culture which can pick any advantage alleles (usually melting pot culture, no prejudice against interracial mating) and merciless against its own loser (no problem letting their loser from their own kind perish) will win in the game of alleles evolution. One such culture actually has been around for thousand years, which is Han culture. Han culture is meritocratic with imperial exam system which has no affirmative action for any ethnic groups. In imperial China, ethnic minorities can hold all kinds of important position all the way to prime minister according to this meritocratic system. Han culture never care for ethnic purity, only care for ability. If you think Chinese culture is clannish, you are deadly wrong. If you are familiar with jared diamond guns germs and steel, you know this makes sense. If you have large pool of alleles to derive from, a system efficiently eliminate loser (individual with worst alleles and combination due to back luck), this system will outperform others in the long rong. It is because such culture can evolve with time and environment.

    Nature has its own way.

    • Replies: @Seneca
  15. sideways says:

    This year I’ve been most bothered by the Stella Artois commercial that begins “it was the night before” [end of sentence] and tells the story of how their product was created for Christmas without ever bringing Christmas up.

  16. In 1900 roughly half of all Americans had blue eye. Today, only one out of six.

    Really? Your source?

    Relatively speaking, having blond hair and blue eyes is extremely rare.

    Yes, even amongst North Europeans.

    • Replies: @Threecranes
  17. @Anonymous

    Richard Nixon was a middle class WASP of Quaker background and had Scottish and Scotch-Irish ancestry. He grew up relatively poor in a farming family in southern California.

    Would Richard Nixon have described himself as a WASP? Didn’t he strongly resent them?

    I’m starting to think “WASP” is almost as useless a term as “White” in some corners of the internet. There’s always someone who insists Finnish socialist loggers in northern Ontario were WASPs or Burmese mountain people are White somehow. I give up.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  18. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Cagey Beast

    WASPs like Nixon generally described themselves as Americans. Nixon resented the “Eastern establishment”, which was no longer WASP dominated by Nixon’s time. People like Nixon often used terms like “Eastern establishment” or “liberal” as euphemisms for Jews.

  19. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    From Time Magazine in 1969:

    “ARE THE WASPS COMING BACK? HAVE THEY EVER BEEN AWAY?”

    http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,838862-4,00.html

    IT is a low-key intuition, not spiteful or malicious, but pervasive: in the minds of most Americans the incoming Nixon Administration seems to represent the comeback of the Wasp: the white Anglo-Saxon Protestant. True enough, the new President’s Cabinet, with three Roman Catholics, is statistically no more Waspish than most in recent decades, even though it stirred comment for including no Negro or Jew. But people sense about Nixon’s appointments, and his style, a tone of reassuring Wasp respectability and good manners. The forces that elected Nixon—those who most avidlv supported him—are Wasp…

  20. Anon and Cagey,

    Yes, WASP is an Americanism and is seldom used in Canada. It’s also somewhat misleading even in the U.S. because the early British colonists intermarried with other colonists of German, Dutch, and French Huguenot origin. These are the “old stock” Americans who still make up close to 40% of the U.S. population.

    British settlement in Canada was more recent, and there are still large areas of Canada where most people are predominantly or even wholly of British origin, i.e., most of the Maritime provinces, rural southern Ontario. Even Toronto had a British majority until the early 1970s. This is partly because the government overtly favored British immigrants, who legally weren’t even immigrants. Until the Second World War, most English Canadians saw themselves as junior partners of the British Empire. Even the term “Canadian” was seldom used because it implied a rejection of British identity.

    All of this has changed, particularly since the 1970s. Most of the change is still confined to the big urban centers, but the change is considerable. As I said, Toronto had a British majority until the early 1970s, and some parts of Metropolitan Toronto, like Scarborough, were overwhelmingly British. Today, less than one third of Scarborough’s residents are of any European origin. I feel strange travelling through Scarborough today. The landscape is familiar and a few old neighborhoods remain unchanged, but elsewhere it’s a completely different society.

    It’s difficult to talk about this demographic replacement, even among “old stock” Canadians. In general, they don’t affirm their identity, either because they feel ashamed of it or because they feel they have no identity. Either way, the process feeds on itself: the less you affirm your identity, the less identity you have to affirm.

    The taboo against saying “Merry Christmas” is only part of the problem, perhaps a tiny part. The main problem is the belief that it is illegitimate for people of British origin, or of any Christian European background, to have an identity. This belief has become a moral norm. Even when people understand the serious consequences of this belief, they are still reluctant to challenge it, partly because of rejection by their peers but also, strangely enough, because of self-rejection … because of a feeling of moral uncleanliness.

    • Replies: @Cagey Beast
    , @Anonymous
  21. Seneca says:
    @AG

    My own speculation is the group or culture which can pick any advantage alleles (usually melting pot culture, no prejudice against interracial mating) and merciless against its own loser (no problem letting their loser from their own kind perish) will win in the game of alleles evolution. One such culture actually has been around for thousand years, which is Han culture. Han culture is meritocratic with imperial exam system which has no affirmative action for any ethnic groups.

    I live in China and I am fairly familiar with the culture. American style multiculturalism has invaded China. It is part of the global progressive agenda.

    Although Han make up about 90% of the Chinese population, the ethnic minorities (56 of them) have not been and are not subject to the one child policy and are given preferential treatment in college admission and jobs. As a result their portion of the population is said to be increasing relative to the the Han. The situation is so bad that you have a “flight from Han” just like you have a “flight from White” in the U.S.A. as college students search for distant ancestors who might not be Han so they can get some affirmative action preferential treatment (non Han students can be admitted to the same schools with much lower test scores than Han students and are more frequently given scholarships it is claimed). This flight from Han or gaming the system is a well known fact that is even discussed in the local Chinese newspaper.

    Yes the Han are still 90% of the population, but so were Whites in the USA 30 years ago. No country in my opinion seems to have “total immunity” (just relatively different degrees of resistance it seems) from the multicultural globalist virus. That could change I suppose if the current globalist Zeitgeist changes to one favoring nationalism over multiculturalism. There seems to be some modest minor signs of this (resistance to multiculturalism) beginning to happen in Europe , but it is hard to say if it will amount to anything.

  22. True story: young Baptist from the South and compliant wife get university educations and convert to . . . Judaism. They are then offended by postage stamps at Christmas portraying the Virgin Mary with the baby Jesus.

  23. @Peter Frost

    The taboo against saying “Merry Christmas” is only part of the problem, perhaps a tiny part. The main problem is the belief that it is illegitimate for people of British origin, or of any Christian European background, to have an identity. This belief has become a moral norm. Even when people understand the serious consequences of this belief, they are still reluctant to challenge it, partly because of rejection by their peers but also, strangely enough, because of self-rejection … because of a feeling of moral uncleanliness.

    This is all too true. Such people seem to be the overwhelming majority of the educated classes in Anglo Canada. They seem to enjoy their cultural inheritance but can be counted on to be worse than useless when it comes to preserving it. Anyone who knows the CBC Radio culture should have a look at the staff on its flagship news show: http://www.cbc.ca/programguide/program/world_report

    These are the people who can’t seem to get enough globalism, multiculturalism, post-Christianity, rape hysteria, stories about “our First Nations peoples’, etc and so on. Notice how few of their surnames would have sounded out of place in Canada around the time of Confederation. Even so, they seem to fall over themselves in the rush to make us proud members of the global village. This is typical and I doubt it will ever change.

  24. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    It’s also somewhat misleading even in the U.S. because the early British colonists intermarried with other colonists of German, Dutch, and French Huguenot origin. These are the “old stock” Americans who still make up close to 40% of the U.S. population.

    In the US the term does often connote those other early groups that assimilated into the English or British core to form the “old stock” or “founding stock” of the US.

    Here’s another excerpt from the Time Magazine article linked above by Anonymous:

    http://racehist.blogspot.fr/2009/01/white-anglo-saxon-protestant.html

    Exactly who it is that will take over the center is a problem of definition. Wasps are not so easily characterized as other ethnic groups. The term itself can be merely descriptive or mildly offensive, depending on the user and the hearer; at any rate, it has become part of the American idiom. In one sense, it is redundant: since all Anglo-Saxons are white, the word could be Asp. Purists like to confine Wasps to descendants of the British Isles; less exacting analysts are willing to throw in Scandinavians, Netherlanders and Germans. At the narrowest, Wasps form a select band of well-heeled, well-descended members of the Eastern Establishment; at the widest, they include Okies and Snopeses, “Holy Rollers” and hillbillies. Wasps range from Mc-George Bundy and Penelope Tree to William Sloane Coffin Jr. and Phyllis Diller. Generously defined, Wasps constitute about 55% of the U.S. population, and they have in common what Columnist Russell Baker calls a “case of majority inferiority.”

    A Quiet Retreat

    Sometimes Wasps are treated like a species under examination before it becomes extinct. At the convocation of intellectuals in Princeton last month, Edward Shils, professor of social thought at the University of Chicago, announced: “The Wasp has abdicated, and his place has been taken by ants and fleas. The Wasp is less rough and far more permissive. He lacks self-confidence and feels lost.” Other observers feel that the growing dissension in American life is a clear sign that the Wasp has lost his sting, that his culture no longer binds. The new radicals and protesters are not in rebellion against Wasp rule as such, but they deride the Wasp’s traditional values, including devotion to duty and hard work.

    Although it is possible to exaggerate the decline of the Wasp, who has never really left the center of U.S. power, he is indisputably in an historical retreat. The big change came with the waves of migration from Europe in the 19th century, when many of his citadels—the big cities—were wrested from his political control. In a quiet fallback, the Wasps founded gilded ghettos—schools and suburbs, country clubs and summer colonies.

    Lately, the non-Wasps have pursued them even there. A few years ago, Grosse Pointe, a Wasp suburb of Detroit, was notorious for rating prospective homeowners by a point system based on personal characteristics; Jews, Italians and “swarthy” persons almost invariably got so few points that they could not buy houses. Now all that has been abandoned, and Grosse Pointe has many Roman Catholic and Jewish residents. Downtown private clubs remain bastions of Wasp exclusiveness, but doors are opening. One recent example: Jews gained admission to the Kansas City Club in Kansas City, Mo., after an uproar over exclusionary policies; a rumor got out that the Atomic Energy Commission refused to locate a plant in the city because of private-club discrimination.

    Non-Wasp groups are far better represented in Ivy League schools than they used to be: Jews, for instance, constitute about 25% of the student bodies. So traditional an Episcopal prep school as Groton now includes some 25 Roman Catholics, a dozen Negroes and three Jews. Jews stand out sharply in the nation’s intellectual life, and Jewish novelists are beginning to overtake the fertile Wasp talent. Scarcely a single Wasp is a culture hero to today’s youth; more likely he is the bad guy on the TV program, where names like Jones and Brown have replaced the Giovannis and O’Shaughnessys. The banker who made Skull and Bones is no model for undergraduates, writes Sociologist Nathan Glazer in FORTUNE. “Indeed, often the snobberies run the other way—the white Anglo-Saxon Protestant, generally from a small town or an older and duller suburb, is likely to envy the big-city and culturally sophisticated Jewish students.”

    Proper Wasps still rule in tight little enclaves of high society that are rarely cracked by newcomers. Yet anyone with a will—and money—can find a way to outflank Wasp society, which is often haunted by a sense of anachronism. Such is the hostility to the Veiled Prophet parade, an annual Wasp event in St. Louis, that the queen and her maids of honor last year had to be covered with a plastic sheet to protect them from missiles tossed from the crowd

  25. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Peter Frost

    Thanks for the reply, Peter.

    Right, I was aware that Canadians didn’t refer to themselves as WASPs. WASPs in the US generally didn’t either. The term itself was coined relatively recently, and WASPs in the US referred to themselves as Americans.

    I was also aware that Canadians traditionally had a strong British identity and didn’t really have a distinct, independent Canadian identity until relatively recently.

    I suppose what I meant was whether or not Canada had been demographically more like the American “old stock” population, British and Protestant, until more recently than the US population.

  26. GW says:

    That’s funny, I went Christmas shopping today and heard “Merry Christmas” about a dozen times and “Happy Holidays” maybe once or twice.

    When you get to real America, the places colored red on an election results map, you see whites Protestants of Anglo-Saxon descent unafraid to show patriotism and religious and civic pride.

    The corporations are the biggest problem for me–it’s nauseating how hard they strain to avoid saying Christmas. Even Fox News is too PC, does O’Reilly have no influence over there?

  27. What really gets me is the CHURCHES who avoid mentioning Christmas. here in Berkeley ( aka Crazytown), there is a Catholic Church with a big Happy Holidays sign. at my own (Episcopal) church, the Christmas charity drive has been called something else for two years running–Holiday Give-Away last year, and December Give-Away this year. anything but Christmas Give-Away, which of course is what it is and why it exists. this is a great example of why cultural Marxism is so effective. When you control the culture, you control people’s reflexive reactions…to the point where Christian institutions mindlessly repeat the official Newspeak terms even in their own internal communications. I complain, of course, but it makes no lasting difference. The zombies just keep staggering along, looking for more brains to eat. we are DOOMED.

  28. “Give me a break with the feigned ignorance of the proverbial gorilla in the room.”

    I have no problem with discussing Jewish involvement in antiracism and in the current trend toward demographic replacement, not only in North America but also in Europe. I do have a problem with people who exaggerate this factor and who don’t try to understand the reasons behind it.

    Until 1933, there was no antiracist consensus among Jewish academics, i.e., blank-slatism, rejection of biological influences on human behavior, rejection of the idea that mental makeup differs statistically among human populations, etc. There was a trend toward blank-slatism, but it was no stronger among Jews than among non-Jews. In fact, its two main proponents — Ivan Pavlov and John Watson — were non-Jews. Jewish opinion was all over the board. There were even Jewish eugenicists at that time.

    All of this changed with Hitler’s rise to power. A sense of collective urgency, bordering on panic, set in among Jewish scholars, causing many fence-sitters, like Franz Boas, to take a harder line against biological determinism. It was at this time that the word “racism” (originally a synonym for Nazism) began to take on its current broader meaning. A consensus developed that the struggle against Nazism required a broader struggle against all forms of “racism.”

    This war on racism didn’t end with the end of the Second World War. One reason was the fear of a third world conflict in which anti-Semitism might play a pivotal role. The main reason, however, was that antiracism had taken on a life of its own. particularly in the context of the Cold War and the attempts by both power blocs to win the hearts and minds of newly independent peoples in Asia and Africa.

    I used to think that the Jewish community would eventually adopt a more critical view of antiracism. There are signs of that here and there, but a stronger factor will be the steep demographic decline of the Jewish community. After a certain age, people don’t change their minds. They just grow old and die.

    Would things have been different if history had played out differently? i.e., if Hitler had never come to power, if WWII had never happened, and if Jewish academics had played little or no role in the development of antiracism. Things would have been a bit different, in some ways better and in some ways worse. If WWII had never happened, decolonization would have taken longer to happen. The colonial powers would have done more to legitimize their empires, including giving citizenship to their colonial subjects. I’m not speculating here. That sort of proposal was being discussed, and it was actually carried out to varying degrees in the French and Portuguese empires.

    In this alternate world, it would have been much harder to restrict the current flow of immigrants to Europe from Africa. That would have been like the U.S. trying to restrict the flow of black Americans from the south to the north. Also, the economic logic of globalization would still exist. Businesses would be pressuring for outsourcing of jobs to low-wage countries and insourcing of low-wage labor for jobs (in construction, services, etc.) that could not be outsourced.

    In short, we would still face most of the problems we currently face. I don’t deny the Jewish role, but you seem to think that this role explains everything. It doesn’t.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  29. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Peter Frost

    Until 1933, there was no antiracist consensus among Jewish academics…All of this changed with Hitler’s rise to power.

    Not exactly.

    What really happened was that leftist Jewish academics and political activists were communists or had strong communist sympathies and placed their hopes with the Bolsheviks and the Soviet Union and the international communist revolution more generally. Hitler’s rise to power obviously didn’t change this

    What changed it was Stalin’s persecution of Jews in the Soviet Union. And the general discrimination against Jews in the USSR that followed after Stalin. Furthermore Stalin introduced a more domestically oriented communism against Trosky’s more radical promotion of permanent international revolution, as well as reviving some elements of Russian nationalism and patriotism. As a result of the Soviet Union’s perceived turn in a more anti-Semitic and Russian national direction, many of these formerly sympathetic Jewish academics and political activists no longer placed their hopes in the Soviet Union or in orthodox economic communism. This is the background in which Cultural Marxism arose. Many of these Jewish academics came to believe that the proletariat of orthodox economic Marxism were an incorrigibly reactionary force and that a new Cultural Marxism, in which non-economic class groups such as cultural and social groups rather than the proletariat would be the revolutionaries, was necessary in order to implement leftist revolution.

  30. Was Franz Boas a leftist Jewish academic? This is what he said in a 1908 speech on “Race problems in America”:

    “I do not believe that the negro is, in his physical and mental make-up, the same as the European. The anatomical differences are so great that corresponding mental differences are plausible. There may exist differences in character and in the direction of specific aptitudes.”

    Boas, F. (1974). A Franz Boas Reader. The Shaping of American Anthropology, 1883-1911, G.W. Stocking Jr. (ed.), Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, pp. 328-329

    Was Leon Trotsky a leftist Jewish academic? This is what he wrote in 1924 on eugenics:

    “Even purely physiologic life will become subject to collective experiments. The human species, the coagulated Homo sapiens, will once more enter into a state of radical transformation, and, in his own hands, will become an object of the most complicated methods of artificial selection and psycho-physical training. This is entirely in accord with evolution.”

    http://www.marxists.org/archive/trotsky/1924/lit_revo/ch08.htm

    I could provide other interesting quotes. Before Hitler’s rise to power, many Jewish scholars believed in the existence of innate mental differences between individuals and between human populations, even to the point of advocating eugenics. From my reading of the literature, particularly what we now refer to as antiracist literature, the major turning point was the early to mid 1930s. It’s really at that point in time that we see calls for a fight against all forms of “racism” — a word that scarcely existed only a few years previously.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  31. Addendum to previous comment:

    If we look at antiracist literature from the 1930s, it tends to focus on (a) anti-Semitism in Germany and (b) segregation in the American South. There are few mentions, if any, of anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union because there was still no consensus that anti-Semitism existed in that country. The conflict between Stalin and Trotsky was seen as an ideological conflict, and many of Stalin’s associates continued to be Jewish.

  32. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Peter Frost

    Yes, Boas and Trotsky were leftists. This is not in dispute.

    Karl Marx also said things that would be regarded as racist today. That doesn’t mean Marx wasn’t a leftist.

    Leftists back then did not hold the same exact views as leftists today. Classical economic Marxism and the promise of the USSR and international communist revolution were their primary interests. And while they may have held more hereditarian views relative to contemporary leftist orthodoxy, they did have a relatively more non-hereditarian and malleable view of human nature and society, per Marxist doctrine, compared to non-Marxist rightists of the time.

    The major turning point was the abandonment of classical Marxism and the development of Cultural Marxism in the 1950s

  33. The Hispanic proportion of the US rose from 0.5% in 1850 to 2.1% in 1950 to 3.2% in 1960 to 4.4% in 1970 to 6.4% in 1980.

    The 1965 immigration act wasn’t an acceleration. The proportion of Hispanics was increasing by ~50% per decade both before and after. Efforts like Operation Wetback in 1954 don’t seem to have had a large effect, with Hispanic proportion increasing from 2.1% to 3.2% in 1950-1960.

    The 1965 Immigration act gets treated as the cause, but it was a reflection of underlying trends that came before it. The real story is the underlying trends:
    1. Capitalists want reduced labor cost and a growing domestic market.
    2. Politicians want a growing GDP so it looks like they’re doing something right, and in order to prop up promises to older voters.
    3. It takes a large effort to keep out immigrants from a neighboring poorer country, and nations will tend to not do it when the cost of doing nothing doesn’t seem large at the time.

    The destructiveness of WW2 might have created the sense that the world needs humanism not fascism. But even in 1938, people like Eleanor Roosevelt were upsetting the order of people like Bull Connor. And the history of the concept of “White privilege” goes back to mixed-race W. E. B. Dubois in 1935.

    Civil rights and the Hispanicization of the US were based on macro trends. Academics saying Whites aren’t biologically superior were used to rationalize and accelerate macro trends, but those trends were happening regardless.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  34. “I live in China and I am fairly familiar with the culture. American style multiculturalism has invaded China.”

    Really? They seem to be doing a pretty good job of swamping Xinjiang and Tibet with Han monoculturalism. In fact, their history is one of swamping their invaders with Han culture, the reverse of what is going on currently in the US

    • Replies: @Seneca
  35. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Southfarthing

    What was it about the 1930s that caused the civil rights movement to gain momentum?

    Slaves were freed in 1865. A 55 year delay to 1930 is reasonable for Black Americans to move from being enslaved to articulating new ideas regarding their narrative and place in society.

    Women gained suffrage in 1920. That momentum must have inspired in the 1930s that first generation of Black Americans born free and their allies like Eleanor Roosevelt.

    The civil rights movement was not driven by academics’ opinions about race and IQ. We’re being autistic when we imply that. Likwise, Nazism pushed the West to the left, but that was an incidental accelerant rather than a driving component to the civil rights movement.

    For normal Whites, this is all common sense, but in our part of the web it’s a revelation.

  36. Luke Lea says:

    I think “cleverness” rather than “merit” is the correct word. There is no link I am aware of between being clever and being good. People can be clever for good or ill. “The best and the brightest” is a non-sequitor.

  37. “In 1900 roughly half of all Americans had blue eye. Today, only one out of six.”

    I find that hard to believe, unless green and hazel colors are being lumped in with blue. I live in a part of the U.S in which the whites are still overwhelmingly of British descent, and I’d estimate only about 25-30 percent of them have blue eyes.

  38. Seneca says:
    @Rudolphus James

    Good point and counter examples, but I said “invaded” not “conquered.” There is no question that there are still very strong forces of mono- cultural nationalism in China, but Western style multiculturalism and diversity has arrived.

    How well these new forces will do in the future is debatable. It is still early in the process of the ” modernization” of Chinese culture, in which Western ideas are being discussed and often embraced by the Chinese.

    Other examples of this process, which are sometimes mentioned in Chinese newspapers, include increasing single childless unmarried career women, increasing two income no children families, and increasing levels of divorce taking places in the large Chinese cites such as Beijing and Shanghai which have more Westerners and are more exposed to Western ideas. These are all trends in China that Chinese identify with Westernization. On the other hand, sexual mores in most parts of the country are still very traditional with couples not engaging in intercourse until marriage, and with many people marrying their first love. Sounds like the USA in the 1950′s, no?
    However, when the most popular TV shows in China with the young are Big Bang Theory, Two Broke Girls, and Modern Family change is on the way and inevitable.

    In fact, some of my Chinese colleagues who have lived abroad have suggested that culturally China is somewhat like the USA was in the 1950′s or early 1960′s before America’s own Sex and Cultural Revolution.

    Not sure if that is an apt analogy, but it is undergoing changes both economically and culturally as a result of opening itself up to the West including beginning to embrace the concepts of multiculturalism and diversity or at least paying more lip service to these ideas.

    This is true despite the Chinese government actions in Xinjiang and Tibet. Often antagonistic currents exist side by side until one goes into eclipse or becomes a permanently weakened countervailing force.

    The powers of multiculturalism and diversity may seem modest at the moment in China, but did anyone in 1965 think that Whites in the USA would go from 90% to 65% of the population in 40 years?

  39. Jefferson says:

    “In 1900 roughly half of all Americans had blue eye. Today, only one out of six.”

    Only 16 percent of Americans have blue eyes, but people with blue eyes are vastly overrepresented in American media. Notice how there are A LOT of blue eyed actors and actresses in Hollywood. If Hollywood was it’s own country, the percentage of people with blue eyes would definitely be a lot higher than 16 percent. What is it about the arts that attracts a lot of blue eyed people ?

    Also if you include Americans who have green eyes and hazel eyes, than the percentage of Americans with light eyes is even higher than 16 percent.

  40. “What was it about the 1930s that caused the civil rights movement to gain momentum?”

    In the 1920s to 1940s, and even after, the civil rights movement had an overwhelmingly white leadership, initially WASP and then increasingly Jewish. Read the Wiki page on the NAACP.

    “The powers of multiculturalism and diversity may seem modest at the moment in China, but did anyone in 1965 think that Whites in the USA would go from 90% to 65% of the population in 40 years?”

    I agree. China is more similar to the West in this respect than outsiders may think. There is a growing inflow of low-wage labor into China, mainly from southeast Asia, but also from Africa. Guangzhou now has an African community that numbers around 200,000. It will be difficult for China to stop this inflow because China is heavily dependent on these countries, particularly in Africa, for raw materials.

  41. Jefferson says:

    “Sometimes reality is not what is commonly believed. WASPs are not at all privileged. In fact, they have been largely pushed aside in a country that was once theirs.”

    WASPs are not privileged in the sense that they do not get special treatment like Hispanics and African Americans in the form of affirmative action. And WASPs are not privileged because they are not protected under hate crime laws unless they are Homosexual.

    But one way in which WASPs are privileged is that WASPs as an ethnic group have a lower poverty rate than Hispanics and African Americans. But this privilege is not due to racism, it’s because of a strong work ethic and high ambitions of doing everything in their power not to become part of the poor underclass.

  42. Goodwin5 says:

    OT:
    LBJ sought increased power for Black Americans so liberals would gain a vote advantage over conservatives:

    King pointed out that giving African-Americans unimpeded access to the ballot box in the Deep South would expand Johnson’s electoral base.

    LBJ: “That’s exactly right. I think you can contribute a great deal by getting your leaders, and you yourself, taking very simple examples of discrimination . . . If you can find the worst condition that you run into in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, or South Carolina–well, I think one of the worst I ever heard of was the president of a school at Tuskegee, or head of the Government department there or something, being denied the right to cast a vote. If you just take that one illustration and get it on radio, get it on television, get in the pulpits, get it in the meetings, get it every place you can; pretty soon, the fellow that didn’t do anything but drive a tractor will say, “that’s not right, that’s not fair.” And then, that’ll help us in what we’re going to shove [legislation] through in the end. And if we do that, we’ll break through–it’ll be the greatest breakthrough of anything, not even excepting the ’64 Act . . . because it’ll do things even that ’64 Act couldn’t do.”

  43. Bill P says:

    I agree. China is more similar to the West in this respect than outsiders may think. There is a growing inflow of low-wage labor into China, mainly from southeast Asia, but also from Africa. Guangzhou now has an African community that numbers around 200,000. It will be difficult for China to stop this inflow because China is heavily dependent on these countries, particularly in Africa, for raw materials.

    -Peter Frost

    Wow, I didn’t know there were that many Africans in the provinces. When I lived in Beijing I stayed in a neighborhood where a lot of foreigners were allowed to live in relatively inexpensive housing while authorities looked the other way. Chinese restricted foreigners’ access to housing until just a few years ago, forcing most to pay exorbitant rents that were about four times the going rate.

    Anyway, because it was cheap, there were a lot of African “students” around as my neighbors. I made friends with some of the Liberians. Because they speak a form of English similar to black American English, we had some cultural affinity. One of them incidentally made a prediction that I blew off but came true nevertheless. He said that America would soon have an African president. My response was polite skepticism and inward incredulity, but his prediction proved correct within ten years!

    What surprised me was the extent to which Chinese peasants freely interbred with the Africans, most of whom were male. In the couple years I stayed, I saw the emergence of a mixed African Chinese community in the neighborhood, replete with curly-haired little half African-half Chinese babies and toddlers crawling and running to and fro amidst the chickens and hemp bushes in the courtyards.

    Most of the migrant labor was not African (of course not), but rather people from the far and wide countryside, who were all manner of folks jabbering in various tongues, many of which sounded nothing at all like Chinese. On one occasion, one of them let loose with something that sounded like it was straight out of a Star Wars scene while addressing a native Beijing resident who, confounded, turned to me of all people and asked in Beijing Mandarin whether I understood what the hell she was talking about.

    “Chinese,” it appears, is a pretty loose concept; it encompasses multitudes.

  44. Keith Vaz [AKA "datqunn sawyer"] says:

    China is doomed. Blacks are like rats- they get everywhere and destroy everything.

  45. I was reminded of this article and the comments here at Unz.com when I found this little goldmine: http://www.readbookonline.net/books/Brooke/339/

    It’s a collection of essays Rupert Brooke sent back to England giving his impressions of Canada and the US as he travelled the two countries in 1913. Lots of insights and sharp commentary on the various ethnic groups and places.

  46. Julian says:

    Merry Christmas Peter, happy to say that people quite openly wish each other a Merry Christmas here in New Zealand.

  47. […] who have replaced the WASPs in  America’s elite institutions – Yale now is less than 20% WASP). In fact, the New Elite seem overwhelmingly to support open borders, as evidenced by George Soros, […]

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